It's summer and the farmer's markets, here in the midwest, are just
getting started. Weekly opportunities to purchase fresh produce in the
open air... chancing into meeting your neighbors and friends while nibbling
on a sample of bread that has been dipped in flavored, aromatic olive
oil ... or while picking out just the right bouquet of flowers to grace that
evening's dining room table. But I have to admit that I forget to go to
the one in our local village. The prices seem a bit high... it's bit small in
the number of vendors... and when I bite into a strawberry I want to see
RED all the way through! Yes.... I'm spoiled. I admit it. Because I
know that this weekly excursion could be different.
No, that is not a photo of me but of some adorable young woman
shopping for produce at San Luis Obispo's Thursday Farmer's Market!
Named one of the "happiest places on earth", SLO makes this event a
party! The street is closed to traffic and vendors set up their wares.
Produce that is truly fresh.. fresh... fresh......!!!
Restaurants fire up their grills or smokers so you can eat your dinner
al fresco ... oh! the aroma wafting in the air to draw you in!
that's tri-tip steak being grilled... the BEST!!
and grilled chicken that conjures up memories of the summer church
suppers we had in our town when I was little.. still can't be beat!
Entertainment is provided not only by the characters you meet...
but also by kids that show their talents. These boys rocked it!!
By now, are you ready for some dessert? How about some strawberry
shortcake? I must admit that I don't understand not serving it on a
buttermilk biscuit but I guess the times have changed.
With all the willpower I could muster up, I passed this by! I know...
I'm shocked too! And remember how I said I missed strawberries that
are red all the way through? They do exist! I bought a whole quart, bit
into the first berry and thought I died and went to heaven! Sweet.... warm
from being outdoors... and RED all the way through! Mmmmmmmm!!!
So how about hopping on your bike.... yes, SLO even provides a
safe and free place to park it......
... and meet me there this Thursday! Ahhhhhhhh ... if only!